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Wild Rice Seasoning

Wild Rice Seasoning
Wild Rice Seasoning
Wild Rice Seasoning Wild Rice Seasoning

Wild Rice Seasoning

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Wild Rice Seasoning is sweet and tart, fusing classic American flavors with fragrant herbs, bold aromatics, and the unexpected bite of cubeb berries.

 

What is Wild Rice Seasoning?

 

Wild rice, spiky black and kind of intimidating in its appearance, at casual glance doesn’t appear welcoming to playful kitchen experimentation. But this grain that’s native to the northern US and Canada has a nutty flavor profile that balances well with fruity, sweet flavors and fragrant herbs. This Wild Rice Seasoning makes use of traditional American seasonings like sweet Maple Sugar and sour Sumac, then dresses itself up with a wide array of herbs and spices—some of which are wholly unexpected—that bring comfort and excitement to a dish.

 

The Story Behind Wild Rice Seasoning

 

One of the questions we get asked is: How to season wild rice? And we understand. Rice can be kind of blah if it’s not shored up with great seasonings, and while wild rice has a bit more inherent flavor than white rice, we wanted to understand this grain. It’s called rice and performs like rice in a lot of ways, but it’s not biologically related to standard rice. We dug into the history of wild rice to come up with a seasoning blend that enhances the legacy of wild rice along with the flavor.

Wild rice is a crop that’s indigenous to the northern part of the United States and southern Canada, growing in the shallow waters of the banks surrounding the Great Lakes. It has been a part of the Native American lifestyle in ritual and diet, for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. Native Americans would dry and store manoomin, as they called it, the “good berry”, for winter provisions, and would season it with local crops, like nuts or blueberries, maple syrup, wild onions, and tart red sumac, which can be found in all 48 contiguous states.

As herbs began their progress around the globe, the ones with strong and assertive flavors were chosen to pair with wild rice’s inherent nuttiness. People looked to the warm, velvet flavor of sage or sharp, peppery thyme to dress up wild rice; these herbs also became associated with wild rice. We wanted to lean into the idea of incorporating traditional flavors with more modern additions to the spice cabinet, so we used things like sage and sweet maple sugar, tangy apple cider vinegar powder and herbaceous thyme, a bit of onion and sumac.

To add our own twist on this blend, we included some ground cubeb berries. Berries, as mentioned before, have been a common addition to wild rice for ages. The cubeb berry, also called the “tailed pepper”, is an Indonesian berry that’s been used as a substitute for pepper. This berry retains a pert fruit flavor—you get a hint of juicy refreshment—and a brisk, peppery bite. It’s the kind of flavor that you almost taste in your nose, and it lingers as it imparts a fun, numbing quality. We tried other ingredients in the mix, but nothing delivered quite like the bold flavor of cubeb berries. They make this blend bold and balanced, bringing elegant contrast to the tart flavors and overall depth of the rice.

 

What Does Wild Rice Seasoning Taste Like?

 

Our Wild Rice Seasoning starts on a buoyant note, with the soft flavors of maple sugar, honey, and orange peel elevated by the snappy pop of cider vinegar. Mellow onion combines with cozy sage and peppery thyme to dominate the middle ground of this blend. Allspice brings aspects of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to the end note of this blend, and then gives way to the juicy berry-pepper close of cubeb berries.

 

How to Use Wild Rice Seasoning

 

When you use Wild Rice Seasoning to flavor wild rice [link to ginger wild rice], we recommend using 1 Tablespoon of seasoning per cup of rice, with perhaps an extra teaspoon added at the end to boost the flavor. This blend would be wonderful mixed into a compound butter and tucked under turkey or chicken skin. Thanks to its hearty nature it goes well with strong flavors, so rub it into duck breasts; for vegetarian heartiness toss this blend over portobello mushrooms and grill or roast, particularly if the mushrooms have been stuffed with a traditional bread stuffing. It would be a welcome addition to beef and barley stew, stirred into tahini dressing, or served on hearty vegetables like roasted carrots.

Wild Rice Seasoning would also be delicious with brown rice, but we’d recommend cutting the amount of seasoning that simmers with the rice down to 2 teaspoons; you can add up to another teaspoon at the end of cooking time to boost the flavor.

If using as a rub for ribs or other meats, we recommend using one tablespoon of Wild Rice Seasoning per pound of meat.

 

IngredientsSea salt, honey, maple sugar, sumac, onion, allspice, orange peel, sage, apple cider vinegar, cubeb, and thyme
Recommended UsesUse to season rice, in stew, on hearty grilled or roasted meats and vegetables.
Flavor ProfileBalanced sweet/tart, with heavy aromatics and a punchy fruit and pepper finish
CuisineAmerican
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life6 months to 1 year
Country of OriginUSA
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Non-GMO

 

 

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving

Calories11

% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g1%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g

Cholesterol0mg0%

Sodium296mg13%

Total Carbohydrate2.5g1%

Dietary Fiber0.6g2%

Total Sugars1.3g

Added Sugars1g1%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g

Protein0.2g0%

Vitamin D0mcg0%

Calcium9mg1%

Iron0mg2%

Potassium23mg0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

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Barry D. (Verified buyer) 05/04/2022
Using this in soups. Using this in soups.
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